2011 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

"Rich and seamless, this Chardonnay reveals aromas of creamy comice pear, grilled pineapple, toasted hazelnut and crème brulée. Exotic flavors of ambrosia melon, neroli, orange, bergamot, jasmine and lemon verbena complement those of golden delicious apple and buttery French pastry. The wine’s velvety mouth-feel elegantly evolves to a clean, ripe finish."

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Critics

92 Points

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #206 Apr 2013, April 2013

The 2011 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) emerges from the glass with honey, butter lemon oil, nectarines, mint and passion fruit, all supported by generous yet well-balanced French oak. A voluptuous wine for the year, the 2011 Chardonnay boasts impeccable balance and plenty of creaminess. It will appeal most to readers who appreciate bold, rich Chardonnays. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.9
Harvested:
September 24 to October 13, 2011
Bottled:
August 21, 2012
Released:
September 17, 2012

The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 90% new French oak for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly. It was not fined or sterile filtered.

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